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    New report documents extensive human rights violations in Western Sahara

    2015-04-15, Issue 722

    Torture, murder, arbitrary arrests, and violence. During the last year, 256 reports of human rights violations have been reported in the occupied territory of Western Sahara.

    Civil society asks 3 critical questions of the World Bank at its 2015 Spring meetings

    2015-04-16, Issue 722

    OAKLAND, CA - As the World Bank prepares for its annual Spring Meetings, members of Our Land Our Business, a campaign of over 260 NGOs, farmer groups and trade unions from around the world, are publically posing three questions about the Bank’s role in land grabbing, climate destruction and the corporatization of agriculture.

    Danes demand human rights mandate in Western Sahara

    Peter Kenworthy

    2015-04-10, Issue 721

    MINURSO, the Western Sahara mission, is the only UN peacekeeping mission established since 1978 not to have a human rights mandate, although UN Security Council Resolution 1979 recommends the establishment of such a mission. Horrendous human rights violations by the occupying power Morocco are widespread.

    World Health Day: GM Crops are “False Miracles,” warn Global Experts

    2015-04-02, Issue 720

    With “Food Safety” being the theme of this year’s World Health Day on April 7, 37 laureates of the Right Livelihood Award from across the world have endorsed a declaration on the future of nutrition, denouncing Golden Rice and Genetically Modified Bananas as “false miracles” to achieving food security. Golden Rice is a genetically engineered rice variety offered by GM proponents as a cure for Vitamin A deficiency (VAD), while GM bananas are proposed to compensate for a lack of Vitamin A and iron.

    One year after WHO report on Ebola: Funders advocate for intensive funding of on-the-ground African organizations

    2015-04-02, Issue 720

    They point out that organizations located in the communities they serve have the trust, networks, and cultural understanding to accomplish what international organizations cannot.

    Zimbabwe: Killing of prisoners highest level of state barbarism

    Danmore Chuma

    2015-04-02, Issue 720

    There was no basis whatsoever to kill non-combatant prisoners. Killing was never an option.

    SA academic banned by French universities from speaking on Palestine

    2015-03-26, Issue 719

    A petition has been launched demanding that French universities not succumb to pressure to ban anti-apartheid activist and scholar Prof Farid Esack.

    Zimbabwe: On the disappearance of rights activist Itai Dzamara

    Mutsa Murenje

    2015-03-26, Issue 719

    Ridiculous claims that he staged his own abduction and subsequent disappearance should be treated with the contempt they deserve. The Harare regime knows where the activist is.

    Third woman reports alleged sexual assault by Kenyan writer

    Tony Mochama sues Shailja Patel and Professor Wambui Mwangi for defamation

    2015-03-26, Issue 719

    A third woman has reported Standard Group journalist and PEN Kenya Secretary General Tony Mochama to Nairobi's Central Police Station for alleged sexual assault. The alleged assault occurred on September 21st 2014, at the National Museum, during the Westgate Memorial Service of Storymoja Hay Festival. The OB Number is 74/17/3/2015.

    Statement on the Murder of Mr. Noel Dintshiantshia

    Abahlali baseMjondolol & Congolese Solidarity Campaign joint press statement

    2015-03-26, Issue 719

    There is serious concern about the protection of migrants in South Africa, especially African migrants. It seems that people from other parts of the continent can be killed with impunity.

    Civil Society Denounces World Bank’s Conference on Land & Poverty

    2015-03-18, Issue 718

    Farmer organizations, indigenous groups, trade unions and other civil society organizations, under the umbrella of Our Land Our Business, call World Bank’s annual Conference on Land and Poverty a sham.

    LONDON: Food sovereignty activists protest at Bill Gate’s corporate seed conference

    Global Justice

    2015-03-19, Issue 718

    Food sovereignty activists are to protest a secret elite meeting being held in London convened by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

    DR Congo government cracks down on African youth

    2015-03-19, Issue 718

    This week the government of Joseph Kabila has been arresting young people in sustained efforts to frustrate their organizing for change.

    Defending Venezuela

    Defending the Bolivarian Revolution is a historical duty that can no longer be put off.

    2015-03-16, Issue 718

    The Network in Defense of Humanity say the US threat against Venezuela is explicitly a declaration of war against the Bolivarian Revolution and a step forward in the US escalation to crush the anti-imperialist voices.

    Immediately release Zimbabwean abducted HRD Mr Dzamara

    2015-03-12, Issue 717

    Leading human rights organisations including Crisis Coalition, Zimrights and the Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights have expressed their utter sense of shock at this latest development.

    Experts want Nigeria to declare Ogoniland an ecological disaster zone

    2015-03-12, Issue 717

    Twenty-five experts have petitioned the Federal Government of Nigeria to declare Ogoniland an ecological disaster zone and clean up the environment. The petition, signed by environmentalist Nnimmo Bassey and other laureates of the Right Livelihood Award, (often referred to as the the “Alternative Nobel Prize”), comes as controversy ignites over reports that a Nigerian oil company, Belema Oil, may recommence oil extraction in Ogoniland, over 20 years after Shell suspended its operations. For the full petition please click here.

    US Supreme Court upholds crimes against humanity decision against Somali warlord

    Centre for Justice and Accountability

    2015-03-12, Issue 717

    The 11-year-old case against the former Prime Minister marks the first time that any Somali government official has been held accountable for the atrocities perpetrated under the Siad Barré regime.

    White men meet in London to plot ways of profiting off Africa’s seed systems

    2015-03-12, Issue 717

    The exclusive meeting in London and the focus of the report on how private interests can profit from essential life processes in African agriculture exposes the agendas of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and USAID. It is disappointing that the African Union is willing to endorse such blatantly neo-colonialist plans.

    South Africa: Shame of school toilets denying students dignity

    Statement of the Congress of South African Students after 1st National Working Committee Meeting

    2015-03-12, Issue 717

    The students’ body says the unsanitary conditions of school toilets in poor urban neighboruhoods and in rural areas have remained unchanged 21 years after the end of apartheid.

    Bassem Eid: Palestine denounces pro-Israel activist in SA

    Press release of the Embassy of Palestine

    2015-03-05, Issue 716

    Man claiming to be a human rights activist is currently in South Africa as a guest of the pro-Israeli lobby. His agenda is to undermine the current nationwide 11th international Palestine solidarity campaign, Israeli Apartheid Week.

    OAU authorities should reinstate victimized student activists

    2015-03-05, Issue 716

    The Campaign for Democratic and Workers’ Rights (CDWR), Osun State Chapter hereby calls on the authorities and Prof. ‘Tale Omole-led administration of Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife to reinstate six student activists currently under politically motivated suspension.

    Sierra Leone :How were Ebola funds used? Movement wants a report

    2015-03-05, Issue 716

    Movement for Social Progress calls for full investigation of Ebola funds, free health care for all citizens and nation to properly remember medical personal who died fighting Ebola.


    2015-02-26, Issue 715

    Regarding the repeated and contemptuous silence of the different Tunisian governments, which have taken place since the revolution, to requests from families to know the fate of hundreds of missing young Tunisians who have been lost at sea since the revolution, we call on you to organize an international solidarity movement with the activities they have decided to initiate today Tuesday, February 24, 2015 in Tunis; a rally at the seat of government in the Kasbah area of Tunis. After the fall of the regime, tens of thousands of young Tunisians from working class districts have crossed the Mediterranean on small boats in search of a better future they can’t find in their country. Thousands could reach the coasts, but hundreds have disappeared and many remained at sea. Four years after these dramatic events, families are still helpless, their sufferings have deepened day by day at the refusal of the successive governments, including the current one, to respond to their request to create a commission of inquiry equipped with the necessary means and skills to know the truth about the missing young Tunisians. We suggest that you send your support to the following address: [email protected] and organize all actions that you consider useful and rallies in front of consulates and embassies in Tunisia Wednesday, March 4, 2015. TUNISIAN FORUM FOR ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL RIGHTS

    Kenya: Film regulator bans screening of Fifty Shades of Grey

    Article 19

    2015-02-16, Issue 714

    The continued banning of certain films in Kenya without making known detailed reasons for such censorship is a big blow to artistic expression and a clear violation of artistic freedom guaranteed by the constitution of Kenya, Article 19 says.

    Spain’s basic law for the protection of public security, a threat to the rights of assembly and asylum

    2015-02-16, Issue 714

    Opponents says the law currently awaiting final approval in the Senate prior to its final review by the Congress of Deputies would introduce unnecessary and disproportionate restrictions on the right to peaceful assembly in Spain and would legalise the practice of summary returns to Morocco from Spain’s enclaves in North Africa.

    Buried under the premier’s ‘peace’

    21 assassinations yet still no proper mediation process for Glebelands Hostel

    2015-02-18, Issue 714

    More people are being killed without the murderers being brought to justice. The peace promised residents by eThekwini Municipality and Provincial Government in KwaZulu Natal is nowhere to be seen. How long will these senseless killings last?

    Rejecting American imperialist sanctions

    Bunge La Mwananchi statement of solidarity with the people of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela

    2015-02-19, Issue 714

    The Kenyan social movement stands with the People of Venezuela and social movements in South-South solidarity, defending the independence and sovereignty of Venezuela against any imperialist attempts to undermine the social progress made in the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela under the leadership of President Nicolás Maduro.

    Sudan: Mass rape by army in Darfur

    UN, AU should press for protection, international investigation

    2015-02-12, Issue 713

    At least 221 women and girls were raped in Tabit over 36 hours beginning on October 30, 2014. The mass rapes would amount to crimes against humanity if found to be part of a widespread or systematic attack on the civilian population.

    Stop ‘peace forum’ in occupied territory

    Peter Kenworthy

    2015-02-12, Issue 713

    Africa Contact urges Crabs Montana Forum to move its forum in March from Africa’s last colony, Moroccan occupied Western Sahara. Other organisations deploring the holding of the forum in an occupied territory include the African Union and Western Saharas exile government.

    AU 24th Summit: The organisation of Crans Montana Forum in occupied Western Sahara a threat to peace in the region

    2015-02-04, Issue 712

    The Heads of States and Governments of the African Union adopted a Declaration on the planed organisation of Crans Montana Forum in the occupied territory of Western Sahara, and estimated “it can only create an atmosphere of confrontation in the territory”.

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